Category: Questions from the Ether

In the spirit of author-asking question, seeing as how we’re all writer-ly types around here, I’m going to pose to you Deb’s author question: What is the best/worst writing advice you’ve ever received?

Weather and Writing

William Wordsworth wrote this wonderful poem called “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” (also known as “Daffodils”)–and all of the emotions he felt while walking out in nature. He was inspired by the wind and the clouds, and the peace that they produced. Wordsworth… Continue Reading “Weather and Writing”

Mentor of the Month: Nathaniel Hawthorne (w/help from Jhumpa Lahiri): Where do titles come from?

There’s a line in “The Custom House”: Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far… Continue Reading “Mentor of the Month: Nathaniel Hawthorne (w/help from Jhumpa Lahiri): Where do titles come from?”

More toys, I’m getting spoiled; or the Wand Chooses the Wizard

My birthday present from Shane arrived a couple days ago. It’s a set of really great pens. Three fountain pens, three roller ball, and three ball point. It’s like the evolution of pens all in one box! I tried out all of them, of… Continue Reading “More toys, I’m getting spoiled; or the Wand Chooses the Wizard”

Are we only as good as our tools?

Top Chef: Masters will be premiering tonight. Needless to say, I am thrilled. Real chefs with real restaurants who are well-off enough to play for charities. But something struck me as very interesting–initially I thought, whoa, this’ll be tough because these guys really know… Continue Reading “Are we only as good as our tools?”

Deadlines and the Drink of Your Choice

John Kenneth Galbraith: “Any writer who wants to do his best against a deadline should stick to Coca-Cola. If he doesn’t have a deadline, he can risk Seven-Up.” I just got back from a coffeehouse filled with writers. I now wonder at the melding… Continue Reading “Deadlines and the Drink of Your Choice”

Short story hook question

There’s been lots of talk about how important a good hook is for a novel–because that leads to better query letters, etc., and that way people have a good grip on what you’re writing. But how about with short story queries/submissions? As a rule,… Continue Reading “Short story hook question”

Bar Research

I suppose if you’re going to write a novel it should be about something you’re interested in. After all, at some point, you will have to research various aspects of your piece–so that you don’t sound like a total schlub to the people who… Continue Reading “Bar Research”

Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names

I only have one submission left to read! Yippee! It’s all part of my devious plan. If I finish the submissions, then that leaves more time for my own writing through the rest of the month. Here’s the strike though: too much space between… Continue Reading “Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names”

A Genius Question

Recently, on Ali’s blog, she posted a question about what to do when you realize that something you’ve written/are writing has been done before…and by people who are probably better than you. I have come to the conclusion that you should go ahead and… Continue Reading “A Genius Question”

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